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A 30-year-old female asked:

I have a burning/scratching sensation inside the rectum when passing stool. no noticeable blood. occasionally the stool is rather thin shaped. what could it be?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 55 years experience
Rectal burning ?'s: Hemorrhoids are herniated blood vessels, with a clot contained , which can alter the diameter of the rectal passage and therefore the form of the stool . See you gyn physician for a rectal exam to be certain.
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Proctologist: In my experience proctologists provide are best to diagnose, advise, treat and follow-up on benign anorectal problems like fissures, hemorrhoids, proctitis. Other specialists don't seem as enthused about treating such problems. If your rectal symptoms remain problematic, consult a proctologist.
Last updated Feb 3, 2021

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